Women can do anything men can do, right? Although many think this is true, when it comes to fitness women’s and men’s bodies work differently.
Hormones – Men have more testosterone which helps with muscle growth while women have more estrogen which is correlated with the development of fat cells. Women have a harder time with increasing muscle mass due to the higher levels of estrogen and lower levels of testosterone.
Weight Loss – Increased muscle mass means more calories burned. Since men can more easily pack on the muscles, they will have a faster metabolism, making it easier to burn those pounds away.
Flexibility – Finally ladies, a category you win in! Women tend to be more flexible than men due to their shorter and more rounded bones.
Body Mass Index – If you took the BMI of an average man against an average woman you would notice that men’s BMI would be lower. A “healthy” BMI for women is about 5% higher because women naturally carry more weight for reproduction functions.
So what does this all mean? That men have the upper hand on gaining muscle and losing weight? Not exactly. Women shouldn’t be discouraged if they aren’t seeing the same results as their male counterparts. Although genetically it may seem easier for men, everyone is different and requires their own unique workout plans. Take the time and research what fitness program is best for you and your body!